West point May 4 1781
The enclosed news-paper came to hand the last evening. The officer commanding the water guards writes me, "All accounts agree that there is the greatest preparation in New York for some movement—the Confederacy is arrived in New York—is thought to be one of the finest ships in their navy."
I have been much indisposed this day or two past—but hope I shall shake it off. I have the honor to be With the greatest respect Your Excellency’s most obed. servant
DLC: Papers of George Washington.